• Fall 2018,  Five Minute Friday,  FMF 31-Day Challenge 2018

    Day 31: Close

    We’ve made it to the end! This month, I’ve been participating in a Five Minute Friday challenge called “31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes,” responding to a one-word prompt for five minutes each day in October. Click here to read more posts in this series. Close can be pronounced in two different ways to mean two entirely different things. I suppose I’ll talk about the one that means “near” today. Being close with others is something I really enjoy. I love having friends who I can trust and who care deeply about me. However, I have a tendency to forget to stay close to Christ, the most important Friend…

  • Fall 2018,  Five Minute Friday,  FMF 31-Day Challenge 2018

    Day 25: Capture

    This month, I’m participating in a Five Minute Friday challenge called “31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes,” responding to a one-word prompt for five minutes each day in October. Click here to join in! When I hear the word “capture,” I think of the song by tobyMac called “Captured.” It says, All I want to do is get into You You’ve got me captured By Your Love All I want to do is stay here with You You’ve got me raptured Can’t get enough I want that to be my prayer. I want to be so captivated by the beauty of Christ that I just keep coming back for more. I…

  • Fall 2018,  Five Minute Friday,  FMF 31-Day Challenge 2018

    Day 22: Help

    This month, I’m participating in a Five Minute Friday challenge called “31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes,” responding to a one-word prompt for five minutes each day in October. Click here to join in! Sometimes it’s hard to ask for help. I think I’m so strong on my own. I think I can navigate life all by myself, because I’m a big girl now, right? I’m a legal adult–can’t I handle this on my own? Haha! What an idea. Little me, thinking I can just mosey through life without consulting the One who holds all knowledge and wisdom. Why on earth would I try to live on my own strength when…

  • Fall 2018,  Five Minute Friday,  FMF 31-Day Challenge 2018

    Day 16: Pray

    This month, I’m participating in a Five Minute Friday challenge called “31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes,” responding to a one-word prompt for five minutes each day in October. Click here to join in! Prayer is one of the most important practices in the Christian life. Through prayer, we are connected to the God of the universe, who loves us and wants to communicate with us. “Prayer is work, and it works.” That’s what Ken Rudolph used to say at the winter retreats I went to with my youth group. Prayer takes time and energy, to be sure; it is sometimes hard to prioritize it in the midst of our busy…

  • Fall 2018,  Five Minute Friday,  FMF 31-Day Challenge 2018

    Day 14: Ask

    This month, I’m participating in a Five Minute Friday challenge called “31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes,” responding to a one-word prompt for five minutes each day in October. Click here to join in! “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God,  who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” James 1:5-6 God is waiting to give us wisdom if only we will ask. I also believe we would have more peace, courage, strength, and…

  • Fall 2018,  Five Minute Friday,  FMF 31-Day Challenge 2018

    Day 13: Talk

    This month, I’m participating in a Five Minute Friday challenge called “31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes,” responding to a one-word prompt for five minutes each day in October. Click here to join in! Although I am an introvert, I like to talk a lot. I’m a verbal processor, and I tend to wear my feelings on my sleeve, sharing more than anyone wants to know about what’s going on inside my head. Sometimes I overwhelm people, or I say things I haven’t thought through and don’t really mean. I need to learn how to listen more and talk less. “We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much…

  • Fall 2018,  Five Minute Friday,  FMF 31-Day Challenge 2018

    Day 3: Believe

    This month, I’m participating in a Five Minute Friday challenge called “31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes,” responding to a one-word prompt for five minutes each day in October. Click here to join in! In Mark 9:24, a man says to Jesus, “I believe; help my unbelief!” In my Old Testament Survey class yesterday, my professor was discussing the fact that, when we sin, we are telling God we don’t believe Him when He tells us what is right or what’s best for us. Every day, we continue to stumble. This is my prayer: “Lord, I do believe in You; help me to overcome the unbelief lingering in my…